Thursday, May 30, 2013

Ipsy/ Glam Bag May 2013!

It's that time again! My favorite beauty subscription box (or bag in this case!) IPSY arrived! Much later than usual, but it's finally here! Luckily for me, everything came in one piece. I heard through the Ipsy forums that many subscribers had issues with many of their items arriving damaged, so I was happy to know that everything got here safe and sound. I have to say, this might be the BEST bag we've ever received from Ipsy. Full sized products GALORE, not to mention a value of around $50 for the whole sh-bang. Spending $10 on $50 worth of items is a steal, and I am more pleased each month with the selections I get from Ipsy. If you're not subscribed yet, you SHOULD be!! Let's get down to business and take a look at what I got this month!

Another thing to note before I review the items I received, was that for the first time in their short history, Ipsy used what they call "Ipsy Match." When you sign up for the subscription, Their website asks you a few simple questions about your beauty preferences, and May's bag was the first one to be correlated to your choices from the Ipsy survey. Some ladies were not thrilled with their choices and did not believe that it correlated to their surveys, however I feel that mine did a great job! I will say that I think When it comes to gloss/polish colors and perfume scents etc, I think those are completely random, and some ladies are assuming that they're customized down to the shades and scents. That would be amazing if that were the case, but unfortunately when you have such a large customer base it's not something they'd be able to do feasibly. I think for what they were able to do, this is much more my speed than when Birchbox claimed to do the same. I feel like Birchbox ignored everything I ever answered on my survey and just sent me whatever they felt like. But enough of the rambling, let's get to the goodies!

1. Juice Beauty Lip Gloss in "Fig"
I wanted to mention this one first, as I was disappointed upon opening the bag. There were Mirabella lipsticks that some ladies were receiving that I was much more excited to get. However I pulled out this lipgloss. The immediate pro was that it is a full size product. I wasn't too into the color, as in the tube it looks a bit like a pale orange coppery-bronze, but I thought I'd give it a shot anyway. WOW am I glad I received this! Not only does it have a light, fruity scent (think creamsicle!), but it goes on SO smoothly and isn't sticky at ALL. It glides on and makes my lips shimmer without a ton of glitter. The color is not at all what it appears to be, and it's more of a "natural" color on the lips. More like a tinted gloss that matches my natural lip color. This was the biggest surprise in my bag and I was thrilled with it. I've used it every day since!\

2. Pacifica Roll-On Perfume in "Tahitian Gardenia"
 Another one I was a bit unsure of.  This is also a full sized product, and I absolutely love this brand as everything is natural and cruelty free. Not to mention everything I have ever sampled from them smells absolutely incredible. However the options this month from Ipsy were a Vanilla scent (which I do not usually like) and this Gardenia scent, which I was even more iffy about. Gardenia tends to have a VERY strong floral scent and it's a very "love it or hate it" kind of scent. I was eager to try this one however, and I was yet again pleasantly surprised! The description of this scent says "Gardenia, Jasmine, Orange Flowers and notes of Tea Leaves" and that is EXACTLY what you smell and in that order! First you roll on the perfume and can immediately smell the Gardenia. It's a loud floral scent that immediately begins to morph into the Jasmine scent, which is a lot lighter of a floral. As it dries, it suddenly changes into a citrus tea-like scent which is absolutely delightful. I'm not big on florals but I absolutely love this scent and the orange-y dry down it has. So thrilled that I got this!

3. Zoya Polish in "Gie Gie"
If you like nail polish, I have a feeling you know and love Zoya already. This is one of the polishes from their Spring line, and it might have been the ONLY one I didn't want. I love pink, but I do not like wearing pink, especially on my nails. This color is a bit too "It's a Girl" for me. Very "baby pink" and had a bit of glitter in it as well. While I was thrilled that Ipsy included a full sized Zoya polish, I wasn't thrilled with the color I received. I did end up giving it away, but that doesn't take away from the fact that it was a great product to have in the bag. Simply the luck of the draw that gave me the wrong color.

4. Macadamia Hair Oil
This is a product I have used many times before and can truly not say enough wonderful things about. This stuff works 100 times better than Moroccan Oil and is half the price!! This is a full-sized bottle, however they do offer larger sizes. This small bottle will last at lest 3-4 months of daily use. Best way to use it in my opinion is to run it through towel-dried hair, focusing on the ends. It really does smooth the hair and any frizz and/or split ends you might have disappear. The smell is addicting and I was thrilled to receive it in my Ipsy bag!

5. Yaby Concealer
This, believe it or not, is a full-sized product. It was the one I was probably the least excited about. I was happy with Ipsy for including it, as it's something you don't get too often from a beauty subscription, and I was also lucky enough to receive a color that matches my skin tone nicely. It's a small concealer that is supposed to go into a magnetic palette. (Ipsy sent us a small Glam RX palette a couple months ago) I used it the day after I received the bag and while I think it's a creamy, well-covering concealer, I don't think it's anything too special. It's also surprisingly tiny for a full-sized product. It's about the size of a nickel. Overall it was the least thrilling item in the bag.

I'd say that Ipsy hit this month out of the park. I am REALLY excited to see what they have in store of June. It looks like a June sneak peek already popped up on their facebook page and it appears to be NYX blushes! Already kicking off June with a bang! If you're interested in a Beauty Subscription you truly cannot beat the value of Ipsy. At $10 a month, you always get excellent samples AND an adorable cosmetic bag. Ipsy definitely cannot be beat at their price point.

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